Well, that must be in a different area of Texas. I admit my first mistake was to be honest with potential employers as regards my injury. Second, the employer would not accomidate me for a short period to get back on my feet by reducing my daily shift hoursfrom 10hr. to 8 hr., although shifts were modified for several females who had to 'pick up kids' and such. Third, I was simply let go without reason, although I pursued positions which I could perform after being naieve enough to believe in the false concern and reassurances of management, employee health nurses, and such.
Where I live, a little money, some good whiskey, and a whore to the right people can serve to make 'all men equal, it's just that some are more equal than others.' as Orwell wrote. And besides, I am convinced that the hospitals all sleep together not-withstanding a public facade of intense competition. Behind closed doors, who can prove blackballing? I raised too much Cain in my defence and knew the laws well enough that I became a liability. Plus I did not defer to the upper eschelon so far as my interests were concerned, although I continually reassured them that all I wanted was a chance to heal up, and get on with things. I didn't want a pound of flesh. My record is spotless, I had topped out on performance raises in my department within a year, and was considered a first rate nurse, having the evaluations to prove it. Yet I saw 'friends' in management and even former employers whom I had good relations with do a 180 degree turn in their atttude.
I entitled this response 'Smith County Justice' after a book from the 1980s by the same name which exposed quite a bit of the corruption that continues to go on in this 'God Fearing' area. The author, D. Ellsworth recieved death threats, and all sorts of obsticles during the writing of his book. It was subsequently quickly pulled off the shelves by the 'good people' (you know, like they pressured booksellers not to carry the Harry Potter series), and the only way you can view it is in a small room at the library in the reserved book section. Unless you want to pay $150.00 for a rare copy, which I did. Plus I talked to quite a few people who were directly/indirectly involved. The film "Rush' is very loosely based on the facts of the cases, and the 'good people ' even got Ross Perot involved to carry out their agenda. It was pretty much precipitated by a club owner's refusal to pay bribes to the cops to stay open.
My point is, maybe the hospitals 'can't' do certain things, but they do, and they will. My EEOC complaint, my payday law claim for back benefits, et.c. were summarily dismissed with incredible rapidity, inside of a month.
I have spoken to too many employees and former employees with similar stories to think that I am misled. I was simply too willing to believe that the law is applied impartially, and that rights under law are respected. I have always believed (until now) in loyalty to an employer, have gone far beyond call of duty for employers, only to find that they don't know the meaning of the word 'reciprocity'.
Call me cynical if you wish, but it is tempered by experience, and henceforth a job is just that; a job. I have started a new job where they use mostly LVNs and need my license to be a token RN more than I need them. I have not lost my ethic concerning patient care, but that's my limit. I do no favors, work no OT, and could care less if the place I work is still in buisness come tomorrow, so long as I am paid.
"Smith County will remain dry as long as the good Baptists can stagger to the voting booths" ... A saying in these parts.